'Rest' is a Zombie Film That's Not a Zombie Film, Connecting with an Audience is What Matters
We are going to try to get more short films on this site, because that's what many of you are making out there, and it's important to watch them if that's your end product. The short format can be very tricky, and most festival shorts can be a completely different animal than what many are used to. Courtesy of Short of the Week, we've got a zombie art-house film. Rest was created by Sunday / Paper, a collaboration between Cole Schreiber and David Parker. This is just one of many examples where the story and the emotional connection take precedence over the world that the story takes place in. It's a slow burn, as many art-house films tend to be, but it's a nice change of pace from most other zombie flicks you'll see online or in a theater.
The film is beautifully shot, and the music is expertly composed, but you've got to give it a chance before turning off, since it runs about 12 minutes:
It comes as no surprise to me that Sunday / Paper was also behind this fantastic short that I had seen awhile ago:
Something that we as filmmakers need to always remember: if you can connect with the audience, nothing else really matters. Get people hooked and the sets and the costumes and the cinematography all become seamless, and it becomes an experience - transporting people to a different place for a short period of time. Pretty pictures will only do so much for you - they can get your foot in the door, but if there's nothing behind the facade, then people aren't going to have a lasting impression.
Link: Sunday / Paper
[via Short of the Week]